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Why I’m Avoiding The Star Wars Weekend.

You either know what the Star Wars Weekend is, or you don’t and if you do know what it is just sit there and don’t say a word whilst I explain it to all the other padawan’s. The Star Wars Weekend is held at Walt Disney World Orlando every year and is an event that causes a Galaxy Far, Far Away to come a lot closer. Providing you live in America.

It’s several weekends dedicated to the super franchise that is Star Wars and has been going on for a while now. There’s special shows and events, new merchandise, guest appearances and a chance to see a bunch of Star Wars fans filled with glee even more so than just being at Disney World. Lovely.

I have a problem though as my holiday destination with my delightful girlfriend this year is Walt Disney World. When we started planning the holiday last year we took in to consideration The Star Wars Weekend. The dates for 2014 weren’t released so based them off previous years. Fast forward a little and the Star Wars weekend dates are announced, our holiday doesn’t fall into one of the weekends so we start to plan. “Chewie, get us out of here”.

I should clarify, that I’m a massive Star Wars fan. I may not sound it, but that’ll come clear.Why I’m Avoiding The Star Wars Weekend.

My Girlfriend and I read up, did our research and pencilled in some plans. We eventually decided what parks to go on, on what day and worked our way from there. It’s a lot of planning too, let me tell you. During our planning phase the dates were released on what weekends fans would be swarming the park like the Stormtroopers swamped Ewok. We were safe, the last weekend was the day before we flew out there. It was still going to be busy, but not Star Wars busy. We now started making concrete plans, like reservations that you have to make 180 days in advance and as you would imagine aren’t very changeable. When the announcement came that Walt Disney World would be adding another Star Wars Weekend, all of my face met all of the palms. There was no escaping, it was like we’d been caught in a Tractor Beam. ‘Weekend V: June 13-15’, damn you Disney.

This announcement was what most refer to as a spanner in the works. It would be like kissing someone who was your sister but you didn’t know. Like I said, we had made plans so it was back to the drawing board. This job seemed as big as, if not bigger than building a second Death Star. We moved things about, luckily managed to avoid cancelling reservations and can still enjoy our holiday but not suffer the huge crowds that the Star Wars fans create.Why I’m Avoiding The Star Wars Weekend.

Walt Disney World in June is busy regardless and the Star Wars Weekends add to the crowds even more so. As much as I would love to see the cool stuff that they do whilst it’s on, quite frankly I couldn’t be bothered. Maybe one day. The line up of guest appearances is amazing to be fair though, stars like Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Warwick Davis (Wicket), Ray Park (Darth Maul), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), and this years biggest announcement, Mark Hamill (Luke Sykwalker) as well as a host of other stars will be gracing fans with there presence. It’s a pretty good line up, I’m sure you’ll agree.

If you’re going to Walt Disney World in the mid-May to mid-June time and looking to enjoy Disney’s Hollywood Studios and not have it too crowded, let me tell you you’re looking in Alderaan places…

  • Tony

    Tip: The second weekend is typically not so busy. The first weekend everyone is excited and wants to see everything first. The third weekend people remember it’s happening or begin to realize it’s happening and head there. The fourth (and now fifth) weekend? Just stay away because of how busy it is. And now with Mark Hamill? Avoid THAT particular weekend.
    Best thing to do is go early, catch the first set of a character you might want to see (they generally come out once before the motorcade), see the motorcade (first weekend is the best as the 501st makes a HUGE showing the first weekend), catch a show (if you can tolerate crowds, James Arnold Taylor’s show about his career is inspirational), stroll quickly through the park to see some of the roaming characters and then head out before most people are even getting to the park (most people don’t even wake up or get to the park until 11am).
    If you’re park-hopping anyway and love Star Wars, taking a boat from Epcot to Studios just to peek in at some of the fun and then heading out when the crowds are intolerable is a great way to enjoy it for at least a little bit (btw – on the boat back from Studios, get off at the Boardwalk dock and go find my favorite quiet and out-of-the-way bar above and to the right of Flying Fish…it’s a little bar/lounge called the Belle Vue Lounge).
    All the best,
    Tony